Computers - Software Hardware : Microsoft Kinect and the Hacker/Tinkerer Spirit

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Jan 31, 2009
Microsoft Kinect started off as Project Natal. It answered the call to inject further innovation into the interactive gaming experience, but it also delivered a very interesting side effect. An example of this is in the video below:

The kinect was quickly hacked and re-purposed into a number of interesting projects. Sample of them can be found from Popular Science magazine (

Another project I found interesting was the use of the kinect in a quadrotor robot to avoid objects in the environment:

If you're shopping around for an interesting hardware/hacking project, the kinect might be a good fit if you're interested in robotics or HCI.

More random resource below.

General Overview:

OpenKinect: (wiki) (repos) (google group)

Kinect applied to Education:

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